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Within our three communities, Star Valley, Jackson, and Teton Valley, thousands of feral and stray cats roam freely and breed rapidly. Communicable diseases run rampant through these communities as they are easily transmitted through bites and breeding. These cats suffer due to disease, the elements, predation, and lack of food.
If you have feral or stray cats on your property, apply for our TNR program. Once we have your permission, the PAWS Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) team will set humane traps on your property. Traps are set at night and checked in the morning. The captured cats are transferred to a local vet to be assessed and spayed/neutered. After recovery cats are returned to their property. This program is free and we simply ask property owners to provide adequate shelter, food, and water for the cats.
Muffie Becks MedFund
Financial assistance for unexpected veterinary bills.
Whether a pet has an unfortunate accident or a sudden illness, this can sometimes mean financial hardship for local families. Our goal with this program is to reduce suffering and ensure that all local pets have access to veterinary care. This program is essential in keeping pets and their people together and in keeping our local shelter populations under control.
Local resident Hank Becks founded the Muffie Becks MedFund (named for his late wife) to help local families and their pets. The MedFund helps pay vet bills for stray pets and provides funding for individuals who are unable to pay their vet bills in Jackson, WY, Star Valley, WY and Teton Valley, ID.
Residents of our three local communities can apply here for MedFund and can use the program one time.
Spay & Neuter
Free or low-cost spay and neuter vouchers for local pets.
Spaying and neutering our pets is the single most important thing we can do to reduce the pet over-population crisis in the US. This is a financial assistance program which provides free or low cost vouchers to residents of Teton County, WY, Teton County, ID and Star Valley, WY. Just fill out the application and a PAWS representative will call you to discuss voucher options.
Please be sure to check in with your local veterinarian before using a voucher. Thanks to this program our local shelter populations are lower than they have ever been!
A safe haven for pets of victims of domestic abuse.
Studies show a clear link between domestic violence, child abuse, and abuse of animals. With more than 70% of women entering shelters reporting that their abusive partner also abused the pet, the SafePAWS shelter ensures that pets are not left behind in a violent home.
PAWS and Community Safety Network help protect pets and their people with a custom pet facility on the CSN campus. When we built the shelter in 2010, we were one of only 27 domestic violence shelters in the U.S. accepting pets. Today hundreds of domestic violence shelters allow pets because they know that pets are valuable members of the family and they are vulnerable to abuse. This is one of the many ways PAWS helps keep pets and their people together during crisis.
Call us for more information about SafePAWS. If you are seeking shelter for you and your pet, please call Community Safety Network at (307) 733-3711.
Disaster Animal Response Team (DART)
A pop-up shelter for local pets during a disaster.
PAWS of Jackson Hole’s DART Team is part of the Teton County Emergency Management response. If a natural disaster strikes our area, Emergency Management will activate PAWS to care for our community’s pets. The state-of-the-art Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) trailer is stocked with equipment and supplies needed to care for more than 150 local pets during an evacuation. Provisions inside the trailer allow us to construct a temporary animal shelter, along with food, water, medical necessities, crates, bowls, leashes, administrative supplies and cleaning equipment.
PAWS trains DART volunteers annually in case of emergency. Volunteers learn all the skills needed to run a temporary disaster animal shelter. See our Volunteer page to join our team!
The Shelter Fund
Grant funding which supports our local animal shelters.
We are not a shelter but have close relationships with our local animal shelters. Caring for animals is time-consuming and our local shelter staff members stay busy cleaning kennels, feeding, exercising, and meeting with prospective adopters. They don’t have the resources to fundraise. That’s where we come in – fundraising and granting money to fill the gaps in services and facility needs.
We’ve supported Jackson/Teton County Animal Shelter, The Animal Humane Association of Star Valley, and Teton Valley Community Animal Shelter by providing funding for dog training, adoption promotion, computers, software, and for large capital improvements to shelter facilities. Through generous donor support, PAWS has provided more than $650,000 in grants and amenities to our local shelters.
Jackson/Teton County Parks & Recreation has big plans for dog parks in Jackson!
PUBLIC INPUT IS HAPPENING: Through September 9th
Please show your support for off-leash areas in the Parks & Rec Public Survey here:
Here is a recap of the 3 off-leash dog area proposals currently in process with Parks & Rec:
- In 2017, the Town/County hired a 3rd party consultant. GreenPlay, LLC to assess the Parks & Rec system and develop a strategic plan for Parks & Rec.
- The process included comprehensive community surveys, focus groups, stakeholder interviews, and public forums. The result was a strategic plan which was adopted by the Town Council in late 2018 in which dog parks were identified as a top priority.
- The Parks & Rec Advisory Board voted unanimously in favor of moving a 1-acre off-leash dog area in May Park to a Conditional Use Permit in 2018, after a comprehensive, robust public input process.
- Throughout 2019-2020, due to COVID, the process paused.
- In 2021, Parks & Rec received feedback from the Town Council that there would be support for a multi-dog park approach. From there, 2 additional off-leash areas were approved by the P&R Board added to the CUP application.
- The Planning Department is currently reviewing 3 CUP applications for off-leash dog areas as follows:
- 1 acre in May Park (a large dog area and space for small dogs)
- .15 acre in Miller Park
- .30 acre in Powderhorn Park
- This approach supports the community’s input that 1) dog parks belong in the parks & rec system and 2) spreading out the use with help minimize congestion in any one neighborhood.
- PAWS, while not leading this discussion, is in full support of Parks & Rec and their direction. We have offered to help fund the development and future ongoing management of approved dog parks.
- There have been questions regarding the deed restriction in place at May Park, specifically.
- The May Park deed restriction, which the May family wrote and signed stipulates only that: “The property conveyed shall be utilized for public park purposes only, but with attendant recreational uses and facilities such as playgrounds, picnic areas, ballparks, etc.” Any representation to the contrary is simply not true.
- This is an 11-acre property, owned by the Town of Jackson, deed-restricted for public park use. The Parks & Rec department is overwhelmed by programming needs. The development of this property will be a huge win for the community.
- Please show your support for Off-leash areas in the Parks & Rec Public Survey here: Social Pinpoint | Parks and Rec Projects Page (mysocialpinpoint.com)
- There are tabs for each project: Please complete 1 survey for each individual project; Miller Park, Powderhorn Park, and May Park.
- In your comments, you can reference the fact that PAWS conducted a study of use and noise at the Winter Dog Park along with comparisons of other public parks. What we found at the Winter Dog Park was an average of 3 dogs, 3 people, and 3 cars with conversational level noise. We have data which shows that the off-leash areas will not be any noisier than any other park in town.
- Here is what you can expect to see at off-leash areas in town:
Education and Outreach
Trail ambassadors and outreach events promote good dogs and healthy communities.
PAWS knows that good dogs on shared trails and pathways create kind and considerate community interactions. This is why PAWS runs comprehensive education and outreach programming designed to foster good dogs, great owners, and healthy communal spaces. Each year, we have a team of trained Trail Ambassadors out on trails rewarding good behavior and spreading the “PAWS-itivity.” We even work with our local, friendly poop-fairy to be sure people are scooping with a smile! Want to join our volunteer Trail Ambassador team? Just click on the Volunteer button.
You can also look for our promotional videos on this site, on social media outlets and at the movie theaters. These fun, informative pieces remind everyone to be courteous and responsible when out with their pets.
Plus, we are thrilled to be partnering with elementary schools in Star Valley, WY and Teton Valley, ID on a humane education program which teaches kids about caring for pets.
PAWS Mutt Mitts
Cleaner trails through 150,000 free mutt mitts every year.
Our community loves the outdoors and our shared trails, pathways and public spaces are better because of mutt mitts. More than 75 mutt mitt stations in Teton County service 10,000 dogs and their owners. The stations are paid for and managed by PAWS, Parks & Recreation, Pathways, and various business and HOAs. Mutt mitts are free to everyone!
Each year, PAWS contributes 150,000 free mutt mitts to our community. To date, we’ve distributed 2.2 million free mutt mitts in the 25 stations we manage around town! We also sell mutt mitts and stations to local businesses and HOAs ($125 for a mutt mitt station and $12 for a sleeve of 100 mutt mitts). Call us if you’d like to install a mutt mitt station in your neighborhood.